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Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom
     

Never Surrender: A Soldier's Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom

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by Jerry Boykin, Lynn Vincent, Matt Fitzgerald
 

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In 1978, Jerry Boykin joined what would become the world's premier Special Operations unit, Delta Force. The only promise: "A medal and a body bag." What followed was a .50 caliber round in the chest and a life spent with America's elite forces bringing down warlords and war criminals, despots, and dictators. In Colombia, his task force hunted the notorious drug lord

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In 1978, Jerry Boykin joined what would become the world's premier Special Operations unit, Delta Force. The only promise: "A medal and a body bag." What followed was a .50 caliber round in the chest and a life spent with America's elite forces bringing down warlords and war criminals, despots, and dictators. In Colombia, his task force hunted the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. In Panama, he helped capture the brutal dictator Manuel Noriega, liberating a nation. From Vietnam to Iran to Mogadishu, Lt. General Jerry Boykin's life reads like an action-adventure novel. Boykin's powerful story will keep you riveted as he reveals how his military duty worked in tandem with his faith to bring him through the bloody storms of foreign battle-and through the political firestorm that ambushed him in his own country.

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Publishers Weekly

Lieutenant General Boykin's illustrious military career takes center stage in this personal account of religious faith in the proverbial foxhole. He was thrust into several harrowing encounters, such as the events portrayed in the film Black Hawk Down, the Iranian hostage crisis and the current war on terror. Boykin delivers frontline perspectives on the military missions in which he engaged, and the accounts are charged with excitement. Some may find his writing a bit polarizing; he is not subtle regarding his dislike for Democratic political figures like Jimmy Carter and John Kerry. Others will be inspired by how he faced death on a number of occasions and held tightly to his faith as a buoy through tumultuous and dark times. Toward the end of his career, Boykin began giving public talks, inspiring people to faith in God and to the ideals of the United States. While Boykin is to be commended for his patriotism, bravery and conviction, the book never successfully explains how his military career coexisted with some of the more pacifist tenets of Christianity. (July 29)

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pastor and author Stu Weber
""America's Point Man" for over three decades, Jerry Boykin is a national treasure . . . His story is an intriguing read for thinking Americans. He's not only borne the weight of battle, he's carried our nation in his heart. NEVER SURRENDER is a life story that demands both our gratitude and respect. Now that I think about it, my friend is the consummate tender warrior."
New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of Stephen Mansfield
"[NEVER SURRENDER] is a saga of battles won and lost, of political intrigue and battlefield valor, of personal tragedy and the God who fashions greatness in the crucible of hardship. This is Jerry Boykin's story, a tale that offers us sterling character to make our own."
Oliver North
"A powerful and moving chronicle of courage, commitment, and devotion by an audacious soldier and gifted leader. This thrilling account of how he "fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith" in the midst of dangerous and difficult circumstances is inspiring. You won't want to put it down."
retired marine and Fox News Channel contributor Bill Cowan
"NEVER SURRENDER takes the reader through the experiences of one of America's greatest living soldiers, touching firmly on recent history and much of the drama surrounding it. More importantly, the book shows how one of the strongest of the strong isn't so strong he can't still call on his faith and on God to guide him in difficult times."
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"A powerful and moving chronicle of courage, commitment, and devotion by an audacious soldier and gifted leader. This thrilling account of how he "fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith" in the midst of dangerous and difficult circumstances is inspiring. You won't want to put it down."—Oliver North, Lt. Col. USMC (Ret.), New York Times bestselling author of Mission Compromised, Jericho Sanction, The Assassin, and the FOX News War Stories series

"NEVER SURRENDER takes the reader through the experiences of one of America's greatest living soldiers, touching firmly on recent history and much of the drama surrounding it. More importantly, the book shows how one of the strongest of the strong isn't so strong he can't still call on his faith and on God to guide him in difficult times."—Bill Cowan, retired marine and Fox News Channel contributor

"[NEVER SURRENDER] is a saga of battles won and lost, of political intrigue and battlefield valor, of personal tragedy and the God who fashions greatness in the crucible of hardship. This is Jerry Boykin's story, a tale that offers us sterling character to make our own."—Stephen Mansfield, New York Times bestselling author of The Faith of the American Soldier

""America's Point Man" for over three decades, Jerry Boykin is a national treasure . . . His story is an intriguing read for thinking Americans. He's not only borne the weight of battle, he's carried our nation in his heart. NEVER SURRENDER is a life story that demands both our gratitude and respect. Now that I think about it, my friend is the consummate tender warrior."—Stu Weber, pastor and author

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446537582
Publisher:
FaithWords
Publication date:
07/29/2008
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
287,399
File size:
500 KB

Meet the Author

Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin served in a variety of posts during his 36-year career in the Army, most of them involving Delta Force and Special Forces. He is an original member of the Army's Delta Force. His last post was as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Pentagon, overseeing the gathering and exploitation of intelligence during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Never Surrender 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jerry Boykin tells his story of growing up in North Carolina, his days as a cadet and football player at Virginia Tech and his service in the US military. Gen. Boykin is a decorated vet., an origional member of Delta Force, and he served in the most important military missions of the last 30 plus years. He goes into detail of what really happened in the aborted rescue attempt of the hostages held at the the US embasy in Tehran. He gives the reader details of the Battle of the Black Sea later depicted in the book 'Blackhawk Down' and the movie of the same name. He documents his dealings with the American far left-wing media and their attempts to bring him down while he served at the Pentagon. A far right-wing, biggoted, religious zealot, as NBC tried to portray him, Boykin is not. Rather he is an American warrior who happens to believe that the US is in a struggle with evil (not Islam)in our war on terror. He is not anti-Muslim and does not see Muslims as evil, but rather sees that our enemies are thugs wrongly using Islam as a shield. Boykin is a Christian and he tells of instances where his faith was strengthened in the midst of adversity. It is the story of an interesting life of courage under fire at home and abroad. During these trials Gen. Boykin never gave up and the book illustrates his strength and resolve to do what was right. The book is an action-packed, fast-paced read that is hard to put down. Soldiers like Boykin are the reason we still live in a free society.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. Very inspiring. Buy it. Read it. End of story.
AAR More than 1 year ago
NEVER SURRENDER:A SOLDIER'S JOURNEY TO THE CROSSROADS OF FAITH AND FREEDOM by LTG (Ret) William G. Boykin with Lynn Vincent is an amazing inspirational biography of "LTG (Ret) William G. "Jerry" Boykin life and his struggles.He is "the former commander of U.S. Army Special Forces and Founding Member of Delta Force" and a military hero.It is well written with depth and details.What an amazing story of courage,faith, devotion to his country and his faith,how a soldier surrounded with war,history,danger,and circumstances continued on with his faith,family and friends.While LTG Boykin takes his readers on a journey through his struggles with recent events and the drama surrounding it,he also will touch your heart with his strong faith,believe in his country and his family.As he said in his book "America is a melting- pot society".Our "cause is just"."That's why we are the good guys and why we will never surrender". "Never Surrender" is an incredible story of an incredible soldier who while his faith may have faulted,restored and carried him through some of the toughest times of his life.This is a must read for any and all biography readers and also but anyone who enjoys a great military story full of actual events.A what great biography.This book was received for the purpose of review from Faith Works & Center Street Book Blogs and details can be found at Faith Works,a division of Hachette Book Group,Inc.and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! I am a mystery lover but this book beats any fiction out there! You can not put it down. I have heard this man speak in person and thought I had heard every thing but I was wrong. This shows every Americian how anti-Christian our goverment and main stream media can be-no! How anti-Christian our goverment and main stream media IS! Thank you Sir for your devout service to this country and some of it's ungrateful citizens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to all American readers. Yes, General Boykin (Ret.) is a devout and outspoken christian, but there was more that spoke to me from these pages. I think most Americans realize that it is not wise to rely solely on the media for 100% factual information, but this man's story made me realize just how much power our media outlets posess! The media truly has the power to make or break someone. I do believe in our freedom of speech, but I am ashamed at what lengths some "American" journalists will go in order to get their name noticed. I am already a Christ follower, so I cannot say that I was hugely surprised at the many testimonies that General Boykin (Ret.) shared. However, it never gets dull hearing about the Lords greatness! Also, I can affirm from a personal standpoint that I, too, have experienced very similiar experiences in regards to how God has spoken to me or protected me. Thank you, General Boykin (Ret.) for taking the time to write your story for the American public. Not only have you opened my eyes more clearly to the dangers of trusting the media for all the facts, but you have stirred inside me a passion to learn more about our brave soldiers and how each and every one of them have a real life story that us uniquely theirs. And, lastly, thank you General Boykin (Ret.) for the sacrifices you have made over the years to keep me and my family safe! God Bless America!
Derek Ross More than 1 year ago
General boykin is an encouragement to those of us serving and are of faith. His strengrh throughout his career should be an example to all military leaders.
BH-VA More than 1 year ago
I have a much better understanding and appreciation for what those behind the scenes do everyday to protect our freedoms. The committment and personal sacrifice made by many, yet often unnoticed or unappreciated by the general public, is exhibited in this quick, educational and interesting book. Thank you Lt. Gen Boykin for all you have done for our country and for writing this book to give the reader a front row seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading books about Military History, especially ones about Special Ops guys because they are the ones that we here nothing about on the news. As I was serching this site for my next book I came across Never Surrender, thought it looked interesting and clicked to see what others thought of this book. As I read the reviews I became more and more intrigued by this mans career. After I bought it I became so cought up in his story that i almost got half way through on the first day. What made it so easy to read was the short chapters. Other books I have read have chapters that go on for up to 25-30 pages, after a while that becomes confusing and i loose interest fast. I am honored to have read this book and am proud to know that men like Jerry Boykin are fighting for our country. YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!
DL_Robertson More than 1 year ago
William Boykin does an excellent job of describing what it was like to be a founding member of America's Delta Force. His first-hand description of the Desert One rescue attempt was riveting. His analysis of how Washington and the media grandstands for votes and readers was insightful. The book was well-written and inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I are very different people. I am an avid reader he would tell you that he hates to read. Nevertheless, when this book came into our home, he picked it up. (Trust me, that's unusual.) He turned a couple of pages, and when I gently suggested he take a look at it, he began to read! He did not stop that first day until he got to sixty-some pages. The following day, he picked it up and read some more! As we drove down the street one day, he began to tell me about this man's life. I asked, 'If this were made into a movie...' 'I'd go see it!' he exclaimed, interrupting me. On another day, he stated, 'This man is a machine! You can't believe the things he's done!' Well, he finished reading the book! Yep, he read all 350 pages, and he loved it. Obviously, this is a compelling read. Covered are Noreiga's arrest, and the tracking of Escobar, the Colombian drug lord. Boykin tells the truth about Delta Force's involvement during the Waco, Texas fiasco and clears up the 'false story' from CIA agents that the news agencies reported. It's a man's story, made for a real man's enjoyment. Buy it for the guy in your life he'll read it, even if he's a non-reader!
Guest More than 1 year ago
General Boykin provides the reader with great detail in the battle between right and wrong, and the path to develop one's personal set of values. This book is absolutely fascinating, riveting and powerful. If you enjoy military novels¿especially those about the Special Forces¿then this book is a must read. Likewise, I encourage students to read this book to learn more about leadership, ethics and integrity!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the one of the single most encouraging books I have read as a believer in Christ and a servicemember. I read it as an e-book but will definitely be buying a hard copy to lend out to my fellow servicemembers. Thank you Gen. Boykin for taking the time to write this book and and for always keeping the Faith.
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